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Daily Devotional

August 10

HE TOOK HER BY THE HAND AND CALLED, DAMSEL, I SAY UNTO THEE, ARISE

by Henry T. Vriesen

Matthew 9; Mark 5; Luke 8

When Jesus and his disciples returned from the country of the Gadarenes, they were welcomed by a multitude of people at Capernaum. And behold, there came a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue; and he fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought him that he would come into his house, saying, “My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.”

While Jesus was on his way to the house of Jairus, there came a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years. She had spent all her money upon physicians, but all in vain, and was nothing better, but rather grew worse. She came behind Jesus, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately she felt that she was healed of her disease. And Jesus said, “Who touched me?” When all denied, Peter said, “Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.”

While he yet spake, there cometh one from the house of Jairus, and said to him, “Thy daughter is dead: trouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. And all wept and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not: she is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Talitha cumi, which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And her spirit came again and she arose straightway; and he commanded to give her meat. And her parents were astonished.” Undoubtedly they were glad that their daughter was restored. But he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.

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